March 5 in Pop Culture History

March 5 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

March 5 History Highlights

  • 1521 – Guam was discovered by Ferdinand Magellan
  • 1770 – The Boston Massacre; 5 Americans killed and 6 wounded by British soldiers.
  • 1933 – President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed a three-day bank holiday.
  • 1933 – Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party received43.9% at the Reichstag elections, allowing the Nazis to later pass the Enabling Act, establishing a dictatorship.
  • 1946Winston Churchill gave his “Iron Curtain” speech
  • If you were born on March 5th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… June 12th (prior year)

Cinco de Marcho

Cinco De Marcho is a 12-day drinking regimen for anyone who wishes to “train one’s liver for the closing ceremonies on St. Patrick’s Day.”

March 5 is…

Cheese Doodle Day
Cinco de Marcho
National Absinthe Day
World Book Day (UK and Ireland)

National Absinthe Day

Absinthe, the drink often referred to as “the green fairy,” has a long and colorful history. Originating in Switzerland in the 18th century, it rose to popularity in early 20th century France among artists and writers. Absinthe is still enjoyed today and has a mystique that sets it apart from other alcoholic beverages. To celebrate National Absinthe Day each year on March 5, let’s take a closer look at the history of this unique drink…

Absinthe is a spirit that’s usually between 45 and 74 percent alcohol by volume (ABV). It has an anise flavor from the herbs used in the distillation process. Absinthe is green because of its coloring agents: chlorophyll from wormwood leaves, hyssop flowers, or mint. Some absinthes have other colors as well because of their additives.

Absinthe was first made in Switzerland around 1792 by a French doctor named Pierre Ordinaire who created it as a tonic for people suffering from stomach illnesses. The drink then became popular among farmers during the summer months when wine wasn’t available to them locally due to the lack of refrigeration technologies at that time period.

Absinthe’s popularity continued to grow in the early 1800s, and by the mid-1800s it had become very popular among French artists and writers. In fact, some say that absinthe was responsible for the famous “Lemon Law” of 1859, which stated that any artist who drank two glasses of absinthe per day would be banned from exhibiting at the Paris Salon.

Around this time, there were also concerns about absinthe’s effects on people’s health. Some believed that it caused hallucinations and other mental issues. This led to a prohibition of absinthe in France in 1915. The ban didn’t last long, though, as it was lifted in early 1919.

Today, absinthe is still enjoyed by many people all over the world. It has a unique flavor and mystique that sets it apart from other alcoholic drinks, and National Absinthe Day is a great opportunity to learn more about this interesting beverage!

March 5 Birthday Quotes

“Throw your heart into the picture and then jump in after it.”
– Howard Pyle

“I’ve got categories of jobs, and one of the categories is ‘money jobs.’ If one of those comes along and I have to make a living, even if I don’t like the script that much, I’ll do it and just try to stay above water, which I’m able to do most of the time. I try not to sink with the ship.”
– Dean Stockwell

“To all those who won’t listen to my music because I don’t smoke Ganga, I say the hell with those people.”
– Eddy Grant

“If there’s something you really want to believe, that’s what you should question the most.”
– Penn Jillette

“When the negative thoughts come – and they will; they come to all of us – it’s not enough to just not dwell on it… You’ve got to replace it with a positive thought.”
– Joel Osteen

March 5 Birthdays

1595 – Willam Blackstone, early American settler (died in 1675)
1637 – Jan van der Heyden, Dutch painter and engineer (died in 1712)
1853 – Howard Pyle, American author and illustrator (died in 1911)
1874 – Henry Travers, English-American actor (died in 1965)
1905 – László Benedek, Hungarian-American director and cinematographer (died in 1992)
1908 – Rex Harrison, English actor (died in 1990)
1927 – Jack Cassidy, American actor and singer (died in 1976)
1936 – Dean Stockwell, American actor
1939 – Samantha Eggar, English actress
1948 – Eddy Grant, Guyanese-British singer-songwriter
1948 – Elaine Paige, English singer and actress
1954 – Marsha Warfield, American actress and comedian
1955 – Penn Jillette, American magician
1958 – Andy Gibb, English-Australian singer-songwriter (died in 1988)
1963 – Joel Osteen, American pastor, author, and television host
1974 – Matt Lucas, English actor and television personality
1974 – Eva Mendes, American model and actress
1996 – Taylor Hill, American model

March 5 History

1496 – King Henry VII of England issued letters =to John Cabot and his sons, authorizing them to explore unknown lands of (soon to be named) America.

1770 – Boston Massacre: Five Americans, including Crispus Attucks, are fatally shot by British troops.

1836 0 1836 – Samuel Colt patented the first production-model revolver, the .34-caliber.

1872 – George Westinghouse patented the air brake.

1946 – Cold War: Winston Churchill coined the phrase “Iron Curtain” in his speech at Westminster College, Missouri.

1953 – Joseph Stalin, the longest-serving leader of the Soviet Union, died in Moscow.

1963 – American country music stars Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas, and their pilot Randy Hughes were killed in a plane crash in Camden, Tennessee.

1966 – #1 Hit March 5, 1966 – April 8, 1966: SSgt. Barry Sadler – The Ballad of The Green Berets

1977 – #1 Hit March 5, 1966 – March 25, 1966: Barbra Streisand – Evergreen (Love Theme From “A Star Is Born”)

1981 – The ZX81, a pioneering British home computer, was launched by Sinclair Research.

1982 – Soviet probe Venera 14 landed on Venus.

1983: #1 Hit March 5, 1983 – April 22, 1983: Michael Jackson: Billie Jean

2005: #1 Hit March 5, 2005 – May 6, 2005: 50 Cent with Olivia – Candy Shop

2016 – #1 Hit March 5, 2016 – May 6, 2016: Rihanna with Drake – Work

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.

“Time to make the donuts” – Dunkin’ Donuts ad

Two twin-sized mattresses are the same size as a single king size mattress.

“Holy crap!” – Frank Barone (Everybody Loves Raymond)

I am convinced that the people who make cough/cold syrup have never once actually tasted a berry.

Old Spice’s The Man Your Man Could Smell Like was played by Isaiah Mustafa.

It’s weird that pizza is shaped as a circle and comes in a square box and the slices are triangles. Pizza is a lesson in Geometry.

The name “Oreo” is “Greg” with o’s instead of g’s.

There are currently over 200 people living in the U.S with the name John Doe.

“Man who catch fly with chopstick accomplish anything.” – Mr. Miyagi/Pat Morita #moviequotes

What makes us more sophisticated animals are our intellect and opposable thumbs. Both of which we are wasting by numbing our brains and scrolling via our thumbs on our “smart” phones.

Through, tough, thorough, thought, trough, though don’t rhyme, but pony and bologna do. #theenglishlanguage

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